IMPORTANT: Not all Welsh terrier up for adoption have been posted yet. We first address any medical issues and evaluate temperament prior to listing. You are automatically added to the database when you fill out an adoption application, found under the rescue tab on this site. All applicants are fully vetted.
If you have any questions about the dogs posted or pending posts, contact Lyn Hollis at 731-584-6530. It is also a good idea to contact your local rep direct, via their contact information, to introduce yourself.
Please make sure you fill out an adoption form, there is a link under the rescue tab. Once accepted a rep will contact you and ask to do a home visit in preparation for bringing one of these feisty, smart dogs into your home.
God made puppies irresistible for a reason, they are so ill-mannered and uncontrollable, you would either kill yourself or them before the training pads dry, so think hard when you request a welsh puppy. Welshes are notoriously hard to train, due to their stubborn, independent nature. This feisty breed was bred for independent work – rooting out vermin – rats, snakes, cats, chickens, possum bunnies, squirrels, etc. – welshes are prey driven. Blink and they are gone, turn your back and they are in the pool, get-up in the middle of the night to pee and they grab your space, forget about “recall” they turn thier back, look over their shoulder and give you the finger (tail straight-up). Welshies must be kept on a leash at all times – which is why we ask that all adoptee families have fenced-in yards – especially for puppies.
Also with a puppy –from a bad breeder- you do not know what type of genetics hide in his or her DNA. Aggressive, anti-social, illness, dominant – all tend to come out when their three’s. I can’t tell you how many people give up their dogs for aggressive behavior at the age of three.
So, why do I love seniors? These middle age toolder Welsh are already showing their true colors. We always do a complete health exam on all WTCAREs kids, taking care of their needs before adopting out – which is why we hold our annual fundraiser, The Stink-Eye.
Seniors are much calmer, for older couples, families, and singles looking for companionship the 6-and-up welsh are a hot commodity. Welshies also tend to be long-lived (because they are a sturdy breed that has not been overbred). A healthy welsh can easily make it to 14-15 years old and your breeder is the first clue – pay the price to find a breeder that keeps their line as clean and as healthy as possible (they even do DNA testing). Some breeders are known for breeding good temperament or great agility welshies. If you already have a breeder in mind, ask us how many of their dogs we see and rescue and why.
REMEMBER 80% OF OUR DOGS COME TO US WITH BAGGAGE, THE REST HAVE COME TO US VIA A DEATH OR SICKNESS IN THEIR FAMILY. Our chairperson, Lynn Hollis, always tells us, ” The dogs are the easy part, it’s the people that make us crazy.” We cry when we see puppy mill dogs get their first taste of freedom when they are 8 years old. Or a couple that has had a welsh for 10 years and decides to get a puppy and give up the senior because he doesn’t like the new dog, or they’re having a baby and don’t trust the dog they have had for 6 years. These are the people weed out – a bunch of ding-dongs.
I have been doing rescue for over 10 years now, and I am WTCares webmaster, so I see 90% of the rescues that come thru our hands, and I know when I am ready to add to my household my choice is 6 years old – up. You may remember Tommy, who passed earlier this year, my blind little deaf guy, he came to me at 11 or 12 and I squeezed 4 more happy years out of that fellow. I can still see him dancing into the butler’s pantry for his treats, every time you petted him. Sooooo cute!
This author, also, had a wonderful fellow, Monty, who made it to 18. REALLY!
So when you fill out your age requirements, on your adoption form, think of your circumstances, your patience level, and your home environment.
The Welsh Terrier is a fabulous breed, feisty, loving, smart, and fun. It takes an independent thinker to appreciate this breed – then you will understand each other and learn how to appreciate each other’s quirky traits. If you demand complete control and obedience get a Labrador, or a Poodle – or Doodle –Schnoodle … whatever they are called. Thank-you.